Saturday, 21 November 2015 00:00

Local food should come from local seed: Aabir Dey on Seed Security

Remember seed saver Aabir Dey? He's always has great insight regarding seeds. Here he is speaking with lawyer Glenford Jameson about seed security in Canada. Listen in!

"Where does our lettuce seed come from? Where does our carrot seed come from? Where does any of the vegetable seed that we grow as market gardeners and as gardeners and as farmers – where's all that coming from?" asks Aabir, the Ontario coordinator for The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, a collaboration of USC Canada and Seeds of Diversity.

"The answer to that is it's not really coming from Canada."

We look for local food. But do we think about where the seeds come from?

"Local food should come from local seed," says Aabir. "To advocate for all these things about local food and then to not have some meaningful work being done on seed production in the sector I think is a huge gap that needs to get filled. And it's a huge gap that farmers have asked to get filled."

It's being filled by the work Aabir does with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Check them out!

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  • Comment Link Joe Worona Wednesday, 23 December 2015 01:05 posted by Joe Worona

    The uncertain negative effects of climate change make it more important that
    seed is available in Canada.Seed that is suitable for Canada and our future climate

  • Comment Link Janet Hudgins Tuesday, 22 December 2015 18:17 posted by Janet Hudgins

    Absolutely agree. Canadians have to change their buying habits and that could happen if sourcing offshore were to be deemed socially unacceptable. Such as smoking and not recycling. Teachers made this change 30+ years ago in the classroom and mothers at home. Let's do it again!

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